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What is Crowdsourcing, and How Can it Add Value to Your Enterprise?
Since the 2004 publication of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the idea that large groups of people can be smarter than a few individuals, no matter how brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities, and public opinion. Crowdsourcing...
5 Corporate Innovation Tools and Tactics: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Company
Looking to inject ideation into your company’s innovation process, but not sure where to start? This is the blog you’ve been searching for… As French author Victor Hugo famously wrote, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” These words ring...
Why Innovation Management is Important for Your Company – 3 Strategic Reasons
“Innovate or stagnate.” It’s a stark choice that businesses across all sectors must confront daily. Although many decision makers at large companies recognize the importance of innovation, most fail to implement it in a strategic, consistent, and effective way. A recent study by McKinsey & Company found that 84% of executives agreed innovation was important for their growth strategy, but only 6% said they were satisfied with innovation performance. In this article, we’ll explore why innovation management is important for any company looking to remain competitive on the corporate landscape.  In a nutshell, innovation management can be defined as...
Innovate, Adapt, Overcome: How to Beat a Recession with Idea Management & Continuous Improvement
In the precarious economic climate, a global recession is an ever-present danger. However, by developing an innovation strategy that anticipates a downturn, you can help your enterprise weather the storm and even uncover lucrative ways to gain a competitive edge. Read on to discover how you can transform a recession into a rejuvenation. Given the devastating impact of the 2007-08 financial crisis, it’s little wonder that companies worldwide are sensitive to omens of a new “great recession”. It’s estimated that a loss of more than $2 trillion in world-wide economic growth occurred between the second quarter of 2008 and...
Eliminating Uncertainty: How to Manage Innovation Risk in 3 Easy Steps
Herman Kahn – futurist, author, and inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove” – once described risk taking as “the essence of innovation”. It’s a fair assessment. Afterall, innovation often means abandoning an old, well-established practice in favour of something potentially greater, but less predictable....
What is Total Innovation Management? Achieving Excellence from Idea Generation to Implementation
To maximize the ROI of your innovation initiatives, it’s vital to gain input from as many sources as possible and ensure all departments take part in a culture of ideation. In this article, we explore the concept of Total Innovation Management (TIM) and how...
Building the Hype: 4 Communication Best Practices for Innovation Management
The great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Too often, leaders in the corporate sphere assume that once a new project – such as the implementation of an innovation...
Game Changers: How Citizen Science and Gamification Are Transforming the Business World
The acclaimed educational reformer John Dewey once said, “every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination”. Today, this audacity is reflected in the rising influence of citizen driven innovation and science – that is, the collaboration of volunteer non-scientists...
Adding Eye Candy: 4 Visual Best Practices to Boost Engagement on Your Idea Generation Platform
The great Israeli artist Yaacov Agam once said “while the verbal can separate, the visual is understood by everyone.” The same principle holds true when it comes to boosting user engagement on your idea generation platform. Implementing sleek, eye-catching visuals wherever possible will help attract user attention and encourage more participation. By leveraging profile pictures, idea images, gamification badges, and other visuals that align with your company’s branding and culture, you can effectively convey to users that the platform is set up for their benefit. Using a variety of striking visuals will also let users know that they can...
The Innovation Hotline: How Colruyt Group is Championing Intrapreneurship with Collaborative Idea Generation
Often times, the most successful and innovative companies stem from the humblest of origins. Colruyt Group is a great case in point. Its rapid expansion from a small, family-run wholesale goods business in 1928 into a multinational conglomerate with 30,000 employees, can be attributed in part to the creative – and ingenious – ways it has crowdsourced ideas from employees. Back in the 1970s, Colruyt pioneered the use of a telephone-based system to give their workforce a voice, and now in 2019 they are using Qmarkets’ cutting edge idea management platform to facilitate ideation on a whole new level…...
The Winning Formula for Financial Process Improvement – How TSYS is Defining the Future of Fintech
There has never been a more critical time for financial firms to prioritize innovation. Rapidly changing customer behaviours, disruptive digital technologies, and the emergence of agile fintech start-ups means that disruption is an ever-present danger. To counter these challenges, companies are increasingly focused on...
5 Corporate Innovation Trends of 2019 Set to Disrupt the Business Landscape in 2020
2020 is shaping up to be a truly generation-defining year across the spectrum – from politics, to sport, to science and beyond. I mean, we’ve got the U.S presidential elections, the Tokyo Olympics, NASA’s Mars rover mission, and even the completion of the world’s...

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